Every year for Library Council we host a library lock-in where children (usually middle schoolers) stay overnight in the library. It is usually themed. This year it was themed Alice in Wonderland and the whole event was based around that. Last year library council consisted of 4 people and so we would try very hard to stay organized but this year there were many new people who had joined. At first, I thought that this would be helpful because there were more people to help out but I was wrong. As I was an older member of the council I took on a leadership role and it proved very difficult with so many people in the council and the children at the event. I learned that it was very important to be vigilant/ observant so that you know whats going right or wrong so you can prioritize your attention.
Our latest lock-in with the Alice in wonderland theme had many activities such as cupcake decorating, arts and crafts and kahoot a kahoot quiz. All of this required leadership skill to organize especially with younger children who were very hyper it proved difficult. I had to move tables around and split children into groups to get activities going and the most important thing to do I learned was to listen and communicate with the guests. Seeing what sort of activities they enjoyed more helped me make decisions. It also helps me now to plan better events that suit the wants of our demographic. Listening to the children was also fun and let me create friendships and bonds with younger grades. This was one of the most memorable and important leadership roles I had to take.
I have been doing yoga ever since I got into high school and I think it has been of the best decisions I have ever made connected to school. In the beginning, I was hesitant because I thought there would be a lot of people there who would judge me over the mistakes I might make since I was a newbie. But when I got to the class it was really relaxed and because the room was dark and everyone was very cooperative.
The most important thing I learn in yoga class every time is to listen to your body. The body tries its best to let you know what it wants and it is important to listen to that. For example, if you are crouched over your computer for hours, your shoulders start to get heavy and so it is important to take a break and stretch. It definitely makes a difference in my mood.
A significant thing I feel after every yoga class is my difference in stress levels. I usually go into yoga class with high stress levels due to homework/tests but after doing light stretches and sun cycles + Shavasana (a corpse pose to end the session with) I feel much less stress and I feel as though my mind is reset and more optimistic. This is because Yoga is a practice where we try to not think about outside obstacles or negative thoughts during it and so it gives me time to relax and distract myself. After yoga sessions, I can return to my work with a clearer mind and I tend to work faster and better because the stress is minimized.
This image explains the benefits of meditation and as you can see it is good for reducing feelings of anxiety, increases blood flow etc. As I am a very anxious and nervous person taking the time out of the week to reduce that feeling really helps motivate me and calms me down so I can keep a clearer head when doing school work. From this yoga class, I have begun incorporating yoga moves especially the sun cycle into my everyday morning routine to start of the day feeling energized.
Overall I am very glad I joined and I am proud that I have stuck with it since freshman year.